Fans Mock Bizarre Xfinity Series Trophy Awarded to John Hunter Nemechek at Texas Motor Speedway

Published 10/17/2021, 9:51 AM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the #8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


In motorsport racing, it is customary for winning drivers to receive trophies. However, it is worth mentioning that different race tracks have different trophy designs, and NASCAR also follows this. These trophy designs can either be breathtakingly gorgeous or outright bizarre. Safe to say, the Texas Motor Speedway Xfinity race-winning trophy falls into the latter category.

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To be precise, the trophy looked like a giant ice cream cone with two scoops. Considering that the race is officially called Andy’s Frozen Custard 335, the trophy is a bit ‘appropriate’. Naturally, the fans were quick to mock the trophy or give positive reactions. Though one would not blame them for being a bit hungry after seeing it.

Nemechek finished the race ahead of Daniel Hemric, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric. Meanwhile, regular season champion , AJ Allmendinger could only muster 6th fastest. Additionally, Nemechek’s win has massive consequences on the championship, as it is one less race for drivers to secure a Championship 4 berth.

How did the fans react to the Texas Motor Speedway trophy?

Admittedly, the fan reaction was a bit mixed, with some liking the trophy, and others disliking it. Obviously, there were plenty of jokes about the trophy and the possibility of it ‘melting’. On the other end of the spectrum, some suggested that it was the ‘ugliest trophy’. It is also worth noting that sponsor trophies are not uncommon, Formula One has seen it too, and some drivers are not big fans of them.

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Coming to the race itself, this is Nemechek’s second career win and his first of the season. He even revealed that he will have another go in the Xfinity car at the season finale at the Phoenix Raceway. Of course, this means that John Hunter Nemechek is pulling double duty in the Truck and Xfinity Series.

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Considering that he is in the running for the Truck Series title, it is a risky undertaking. However, if he feels confident that he can tackle an Xfinity outing and gun for a Truck title, he can definitely go for it. Naturally, Nemechek’s Truck Series rivals will want to wrest control of the championship at Phoenix and spoil the party. All in all, it should be an exciting season finale for everyone.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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